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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 11, 2019

Three Men Charged With Possessing And Selling Cocaine, Heroin, and Fentanyl

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a four-count indictment charging Otis L. Lyons, Jr., a/k/a Cracks, a/k/a C, 31, of Lockport, NY, Bryheem Edwards, a/k/a Philly, a/k/a Leroy, 28, of Buffalo, NY, and Dalvin Brant, a/k/a Turtle, 26, also of Buffalo, with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin; possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine; and, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between May 2018 and January 10, 2019, the defendants unlawfully conspired to possess with intent to distribute amounts of cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. During this time period, investigators identified these individuals as significant controlled substance dealers in the Buffalo and Lockport areas.

On May 17, 2018, and May 31, 2018, defendants Lyons and Edwards unlawfully distributed amounts of cocaine. On October 23, 2018, defendants Edwards and Brant unlawfully possessed with intent to distribute fentanyl. 
The indictment is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the Niagara County Sherriff’s Office and the Niagara County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated March 11, 2019